City Police Twitter account reaches 50k followers
The City of London Police has reached a significant milestone on Twitter and now has more than 50,000 followers. This equates to 12.5 per cent of the transient population of the Square Mile and exceeds the number of followers achieved by other larger police forces across England and Wales.
The force joined Twitter in March 2009 and it has revolutionised the way the public engages with the force. Officers from around the force have embraced social media with enthusiasm and can now interact on a more personal level with the communities they serve.
On any one day tweets can cover topics such as; promoting successful prosecutions, appealing for witnesses and information following crimes and incidents; advertising events such as road safety initiatives; and supporting national crime awareness campaigns.
In April 2015, the Most Wanted campaign was launched via Twitter and has since played a useful part in helping officers catch criminals who have committed crimes in the City.
The Project Servator team have also embraced Twitter sending out regular tweets using the hashtag #ProjectServator on successful arrests and convictions. Project Servator is a new approach in deploying officers to detect crime and deter terrorism.
The success of @CityPolice has seen a number of other accounts established focussing on specific areas of the force. The achievements of the Economic Crime Directorate’s industry funded units, the Insurance Fraud Enforcement Department and Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit, also get airtime through @CityPoliceIFED and@CityPolicePIPCU respectively, while scam alerts are distributed through @ActionFraud.
Most recently @CityPoliceDogs went live, giving the public an insight into the unique world of the force’s Dog Section.
@Citycyclecop has also been reintroduced to engage directly with the City’s cycling community and how they can stay safe on the roads and keep their bikes safe from thieves.
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